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Modano makes history
Sharks fail to follow up win again
11/7/07 - by Mike Lee

Mike Modano made history at HP Pavilion on Wednesday night, breaking Phil Housley's record as the most prolific American born scorer in NHL history. The Sharks had front row seats, playing spectator as Modano and the Dallas Stars took over the Pacific Division lead with a 3-1 win. Sana Jose failed to follow up a win with another win for the 6th time this season. They have only won two straight games once this season.

Modano wasted little time tying Phil Housley's record for most points all-time by an American, scoring just 2:19 into the game. Modano took a feed from Sergei Zubov and skated up the left wing boards before uncorking a shot from the top of the left circle. Sharks netminder Evgni Nabokov had a clean look at the shot and plenty of time to react, but it fooled him on the way to the back of the net.

The goal nullified all the momentum that San Jose had built early on in the contest. The Sharks peppered Stars goaltender Marty Turco, but they couldn't score. Even on the power play, they found a way to go backwards.

Modano would break Housley's record two minutes later, thank in part to more suspect goaltending. With Matt Niskanen in the penalty box for hooking, Matt Carle turned the puck over at his own blueline. Modano snatched the loose puck and raced up the ice uncontested. Closing fast on Nabokov, Modano mishandled the puck, kicking it straight out in front of him, but the play crossed up Nabokov who ended up on his backside. The puck dribbled into the goal for the 2-0 Stars lead.

Things looked bleak for San Jose a minute later, when Steve Bernier was whistled for a phantom double-minor high sticking penalty. Bernier got tangled with Turco, resulting in the butt-end of Turco's stick cutting Norstrom. During the ensuing Dallas power play, Nabokov threw his stick in an attempt to clear the puck, which resulted in a Stars penalty shot.

Zubov would whiff on the free chance, keeping the game to within a pair of goals, but Bernier would be sent off for another 4 minutes. Referee Rob Martell issued a horrendous high-sticking penalty on Bernier, and another minor for unsportsmanlike conduct after Bernier protested the initial call.

Carle would make up for his gaff on Modano's second goal by pumping home his 1st goal of the season with 1:13 left in the period on a 5-on-3. Jiri Lehtinen and Trevor Daly.

Steve Ott would push the Stars lead to 3-1 at 2:12 of the 2nd period on a counter attack breakaway. Jeff Halpern started the break with a pass from deep in the Stars zone to Ott who slipped past the Sharks defense. Ott had 4 strides on the nearest Shark, and easily beat Nabokov with a shot that went 5-hole.

Officiating become more of the story late in the period. An apparent power play goal by Sandis Ozolinsh was waved off by Martell after Milan Michalek was ruled to have interfered with Turco. Michalek was checked into the Stars goaltender, but San Jose would lose the argument.

The Sharks threw play of rubber at Turco, but every shot seemed to hit the Stars netminder in the chest. San Jose had 39 shots on goal in the game, including 14 in the 3rd period, but they never mustered any serious scoring chances.

Continued misfires on the power play continue to haunt the Sharks. Other than the 5-on-3 goal that Carle scored, the Sharks failed to convert on 7 other chances, dropping them to 18th in the league with a 16.8% scoring conversion rate on the man advantage.

Game Notes:

Jeremy Roenick failed to score a goal, leaving him stuck on 499 career tallies. Christian Ehrhoff was a scratch once again.

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1 2 3 T
DAL 2 1 0 3
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, DAL, Modano 3 (Zubov, Barnes), 2:19. 2, DAL, Modano 4 (Lehtinen), 4:24, (sh). Unsucessful penalty shot, Zubov, 6:52. 3, SJ, Carle 1 (Rivet, Roenick), 18:47, (pp).
2nd period - 4, DAL, Ott 1 (Fedoruk, Turco), 2:12.
3rd period - None
1st period - Nikanen, DAL (hooking), 2:48; Bernier, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 5:04; Boucher, DAL (holding), 9:44; Bernier, SJ (high sticking), 14:52; Bernier, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:52; Lehtinen, DAL (interference), 16:55; Daley, DAL (tripping), 17:31.
2nd period - Barch, DAL (charging), 5:17; Turco, DAL (delay of game, illegal play goalie), 11:49.
3rd period - Boucher, DAL (holding), 0:21; BArnes, DAL (hooking), 4:38; Grier, SJ (cross checking), 8:46; Morrow, DAL (slashing), 18:48; Daley, DAL (roughing), 19:58; Ozolinsh, SJ (cross checking), 19:58.
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 39 38
SJ - Nabokov 12 9
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 6 4 2 12
SJ 18 7 14 39
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 5
SJ 1 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Mike Modano
Marty Turco
Steve Ott
Referees: Tom Kowal, Rob Martell. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Don Henderson.

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